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PHRA 20-21 Philips Hill | Pothujanam Road, Kumarapuram, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695011, India
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Graceful Homestay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Mechelen, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We spent 3 days here and were thrilled by the experience. The rooms are spacious and very clean, the hosts are very warm and welcoming and will do Anything They can to accomodate you. The area and garden are wonderful and your private terrace offers you the perfect spot to fully enjoy it. We will definitely come back here When... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This beautiful home stay is a wonderful base for anyone wishing to explore the area. A very warm welcome, spacious comfortable rooms, delicious home cooking and nothing too much trouble. No better place stay...

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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review of your stay at Graceful. We are pleased that you found the place to your liking in all respects and enjoyed the home food, comfortable rooms & peaceful surroundings. Thank you for choosing to stay at Graceful and we look forward to hosting you again if you ever plan to travel once more to... More

Torquay, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

An excellent place to begin an Indian Saga. Wonderful hospitality - the host went out of his way to educate and guide me with regards to local transport (bus to the beach is nearby), and made sure I was safely picked up from the airport late at night. Extraordinary building. Interesting area. Loved it!

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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you, Kaye, for a lovely review of your stay at Graceful. We appreciate your warm words about the building, the hospitality, pieces of relevant information, etc. which went towards making your stay comfortable & secure within & outside Graceful. We do like to ensure that a visit to Kerala is memorable in every possible way so that you leave... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I really enjoyed my stay. The house is pleasant, roomy and extremely clean. The windows are meshed to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Giles was a great host (and knows many languages). I appreciated being able to talk about his experience of working and living in different parts of India. The food was enjoyable and I liked having the vegetarian... More

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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Graceful and the hospitality that went with it. We also enjoyed hosting you and providing you the comforts of a home away from home. We like our guests to be comfortable and enjoy the facilities, the food and the oodles of information that Giles can provide about local sights... More

Moscow, Russia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Nice homestay in a quiet area away from the city center. Room with a terrace is the best. Excellent hosts, great food, abundant information. Local tuk-tuk driver Vijay will take you places and charge by taxi-meter.

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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate the sentiments expressed in your review, Mikhail, and are pleased that you & your companion found your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Graceful Home Stay is different from other B&Bs around Trivandrum because of the peaceful and natural ambiance it provides far from the madding crowd yet close enough to the city center. While we are indeed a... More

New Delhi, India
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Graceful Team, I stayed with you for five nights in March 2014, and what a experience it was. Upper Double unit, in which I stayed is awesome. I was with a two year kid, and was little worried initially regarding all necessities of a kid. But, it was a relief coming here having access to kitchen, huge balcony to relax... More

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Thank you, Achin, for such a warm review of your stay at Graceful a couple of months ago. We are happy that we were able to provide the right ambiance for you & your family to enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Graceful Home Stay is different from other B&Bs around Trivandrum because of the peaceful and natural ambiance it... More

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was recommended Graceful Homestay by a trusted friend. Since I was in Trivandrum on business, I spent my first two nights in Ginger (close to the Technopark). On the third night, I decided I'd had enough of the corporate economy hotel and called Graceful on the off-chance that they might be able to accommodate me. Sylvia was very welcoming... More

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An extremely short stay but what a voluminous review! Thank you, Lalana! We are happy to note you found you stay pleasant & memorable despite the fact that you arrived late evening & had to rush off early morning. Being new to the city and a single traveler, it was important for us that you don't feel insecure. The simple... More

Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We picked Graceful after reading great reviews. We were looking for a welcoming, homely place to stay on our first ever arrival into India. Graeceful Homestay was the perfect choice! Sylvia was very helpful in arranging everything via email and was happy to let us put their address on our Visas. Their driver Franco picked us up from the airport.... More

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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you, Will & Betony, for such a warm review of your stay at Graceful. We are happy that we were able to provide the right ambiance to kick-start your first visit to India & Kerala. That each of us were able to contribute to your pleasant memories of Graceful within our individual areas of specialization makes us feel special.... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

After reading all the reviews, my company sent me to stay a night here just to get a feel of the homestay. In short.... I just loved it. The entire ground, homestay, my room and my bathroom... all just spotless. The breakfast was home cooked by Giles wife and was amazing. They do not bicker about the little things but... More

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Sylvia2348, Owner at Graceful Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you, Gwen, for your brief visit to check us out on behalf of your company. We are happy that we passed your scrutiny and came off with flying colors. It was a good opportunity to get to know what tour operators are actually looking for on behalf of their guests and we appreciate your candid observations. Since this was... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

my dad and i stopped through Trivandrum for one night only but Giles and Sylvia were very hospitable. they're house was wonderful and very comfortable. the room we stayed in was small and simple but did the trick. a real bonus was the deck! i would definitely recommend Graceful for anyone else coming to Trivandrum for either a long or... More

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Thanks, Danelle, for a lovely review of your stay at Graceful. We are pleased that you found the place to your liking despite the very short time you spent here. Yes, the Lower Double is small and simple but we've found that the deck is the added attraction especially for brief visits like yours. Thank you for choosing to stay... More

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Address: PHRA 20-21 Philips Hill | Pothujanam Road, Kumarapuram, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695011, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Graceful Homestay Hotel Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Graceful Homestay Kerala, India

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Graceful Home-stay is located within a four and half acre compound within city limits yet far from the noise & bustle of the city. One can enjoy natural beauty at its best because of the garden, trees, and birds that abound within this area. From the Upper Double room one can get a spectacular view of the valley below, a glimpse of the Arabian Sea on the horizon and glorious sunsets. Each of the rooms is located on a separate floor and has its own special features in terms of extra space (verandah/balcony) and provides not only privacy but also a clean and cozy atmosphere. Guests also have access to the other general parts of our premises and facilities (main veranda, living room, dining room, kitchen & grounds). Graceful Home-stay provides a very peaceful and serene atmosphere both internally and externally. Since the house was constructed to reflect an open personality and to take advantage of God-given natural light and fresh air, at present our rooms are not air conditioned. Other means of cooling like fans and air coolers are provided in all rooms. Since this is a “Bed & Breakfast” establishment, with the room rent a complimentary continental breakfast is served between 08:00 and 10:00 am which also includes a taste of the local cuisine. For lunch and dinner, guests are encouraged to try out the local eateries which cater to a variety of taste and pocket! Some of these restaurants also provide free home delivery. At Graceful a home-cooked meal (lunch or dinner) can be served but only on advance request by breakfast time for a non vegetarian (chicken or fish) or a vegetarian meal. Within a 2 minute walk from the Home Stay, there is an ayurveda center which provides excellent rejuvenating massages at reasonable cost. They offer a special rate for guests from Graceful Home Stay. Likewise, there is also a small but well established beauty parlor within a 5 minute walk which undertakes facials, pedicures, manicures, hair treatments, etc. at reasonable cost. Graceful Home Stay is also located within a 2 km radius of 6 multi-speciality hospitals, diagnostic centers, dental clinics, supermarkets, etc. For local sight-seeing and extensive shopping one needs to go downtown about 5-6 kms away and easily accessible by local buses and tuk-tuks. We have on call a few reliable, English speaking tuk-tuk drivers which many of our guests have used and been happy with. ... more   less 
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